The top two pitchers vying for the Pirates minor league Pitcher of the Year are on the mound tonight. Tyler Glasnow and Kris Johnson have similar W/L and ERA stats, with Glasnow dominating low-A hitters with strikeouts and a low BAA, while Johnson has pitched 30 more innings this season. Bradenton was off yesterday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.
AAA: Indianapolis (66-53) vs Louisville (60-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter:Kris Johnson (9-4, 2.30)
Yesterday’s Result: Louisville 6, Indianapolis 4
Kris Johnson will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, he has a 2.03 ERA and has thrown 110.2 innings, allowing 87 hits, five homers and 34 walks. Johnson has 74 strikeouts, a 1.89 GO/AO ratio and a .220 BAA. In his last start, he threw seven shutout innings. He also threw seven shutout innings four starts ago when he last faced Louisville. Johnson has recorded a quality start in each of his last nine outings, with all of them better than the 6IP, three run minimum required.
AA: Altoona (53-61) @ Binghamton (71-43) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (9-5, 3.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Binghamton 6, Altoona 2 (game one) Binghamton 6, Altoona 1 (game two)
Casey Sadler will get his 20th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 107 innings, giving up 95 hits, nine homers and 29 walks. He has 56 strikeouts, a 1.74 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk. In his prior outing, he allowed one run over five innings. That start came four weeks after he left a game with a right knee contusion, the result of a line drive off the bat of the lead-off hitter.
High-A: Bradenton (41-68 overall, 15-26 2nd half) vs St Lucie (60-47) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (3-10, 5.42)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off yesterday
Robby Rowland will get his 20th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. Rowland has pitched a total of 98 innings, giving up 106 hits, ten homers and 40 walks. He has 49 strikeouts, a 1.34 GO/AO ratio and a .277 BAA. In his last start, he gave up six runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. Rowland has allowed four or more runs in eight of his last ten starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (66-48 overall, 29-15 2nd half) @ Delmarva (45-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (8-2, 2.24)
Yesterday’s Result: Delmarva 7, West Virginia 2
Tyler Glasnow will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 92.1 innings, giving up 47 hits, eight homers and 50 walks. He has 128 strikeouts, a 1.22 GO/AO ratio and a .149 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up two runs on one hit(home run), two walks and six strikeouts. In his previous start, he threw six shutout innings, allowing the same line as his last game, one hit, two walks and he recorded six strikeouts. Glasnow is six strikeouts away from the West Virginia Power team record.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (30-17) @ Vermont (23-26) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Cody Dickson (2-0, 2.54)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 5, Vermont 3 in 11 innings
Cody Dickson will make the ninth start of his pro career tonight. He went six straight games with a no-decision before picking up wins in each of his last two games. Dickson has pitched 28.1 innings, giving up 18 hits, one homer and 12 walks. He has 32 strikeouts, an 0.66 GO/AO ratio and a .184 BAA. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk. In his previous outing, he threw five no-hit innings. The start before that one was a four shutout inning appearance for Dickson, giving him 14 shutout innings over his last three outings.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (20-20) vs GCL Braves (17-22) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Blake Taylor (0-1, 0.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5, Tigers 4
Blake Taylor will make his fifth start as a pro today. He has pitched 11 innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. In his last start, Taylor threw three shutout innings, giving up a walk and a hit. In his prior outing, he threw three no-hit innings.
DSL: Pirates1 (30-26) vs Rockies (27-28) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Mets2 6, Pirates1 1
DSL: Pirates2 (31-23) vs Orioles2 (26-30) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 9, Rojos 1
8/6 Zack Dodson promoted to Altoona.
8/5 Jameson Taillon promoted to Indianapolis. Ethan Hollingsworth sent to Altoona.
8/3 Vic Black sent to Indianapolis. David Bromberg sent to Altoona
8/3 Robert Andino added to Indianapolis roster. Jeff Larish released
7/29 Justin Maffei promoted to Jamestown. Henrry Rosario moved from DSL to GCL.
7/29 Gift Ngoepe activated from Temporary Inactive List and added to Bradenton roster.
7/28 Tony Sanchez promoted to majors. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis.
7/28 Casey Sadler activated from Altoona disabled list.
7/27 David Bromberg and Ethan Hollingsworth promoted to Indianapolis. Ali Solis and Zack Thornton assigned to Altoona.
7/27 Thomas Harlan assigned to West Virginia roster. Matt Benedict activated from disabled list.
7/27 Andy Otamendi added to Jamestown roster.
7/26 Orlando Castro activated from disabled list.
7/25 Tyler Waldron added to Bradenton roster on rehab.
7/25 Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list.
7/24 Chase d’Arnaud activated from disabled list. Jeff Larish placed on Indianapolis disabled list.
7/24 Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis. Miguel Perez activated from Altoona disabled list.